Vandals cause £4,500 damage at specialist college

Gardens and statues are damaged at London's Capel Manor College

Vandals recently caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at London’s only specialist centre for horticulture and landscaping. Over two nights, a group of youngsters destroyed four statues, a pergola, plants and a hedge at Capel Manor College in Enfield. Most of the damage happened around the Italian maze area of the college grounds. The four ruined statues were copies of Roman gods that had been at the college for 16 years. Capel Manor chief executive Steve Dowbiggin estimated that around £4,500 worth of damage was caused. He said: “The gang of about 10 young people, aged between eight and 14, were chased off by the estate manager, but they came back. The most upsetting thing is that we are a college charity offering educational opportunities to young people. “I have publicly challenged the young people to come here and see what we are doing — but I have not had any response so far. “The 14- to 16-year-olds who study here were upset and disgusted by the vandalism.”

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